#SayTheWords: Supporting grieving children during the pandemic

Children’s Grief Awareness Week runs from November 19 to 26 and is especially poignant this year given the on-going impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

It is a sad fact, but in this year of Covid-19 more schools than ever have been called upon to support grieving pupils. As well as those bereaved by the coronavirus itself, many children have experienced the death of someone they love from other causes, including cancer, sudden death or suicide.

Sadly, the country has experienced more overall deaths than usual this year, and this means that more children have been bereaved.

Since March, physical distancing measures have affected all bereavements. Many children and young people have been unable to spend time with or say goodbye in person to a dying loved one, whether in hospital, hospice, care home or a different household.

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